FAMILY-FRIENDLY THINGS TO DO ON NEW YEAR’S EVE IN ATLANTA

There are lots of ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve with kids in Atlanta. I love the idea of making New Year’s Eve a family friendly holiday, so the kids can join in on the fun!

If you can’t make it to the Times Square Ball Drop in New York City (or don’t want to!), here are some things to do on New Year’s Eve with kids in Atlanta, GA.

Ready for a fun New Year? We’ll keep updating this article — so just search “New Year’s Eve events near me” for the latest!

FAMILY-FRIENDLY THINGS TO DO ON NEW YEAR'S EVE IN ATLANTA

NEW YEAR’S EVE AT GREAT WOLF LODGE

150 Tom Hall Parkway | LaGrange | 844.473.9653

Note: Formal details have not yet been released for 2021. The following is from 2020.

Great Wolf Lodge is ringing in 2021 with fun-filled, physically distanced New Year’s Eve options for guests at the resorts, as well as virtually for families to enjoy at home.

At the resorts, guests will be able to participate in a virtual countdown to 2021 from the comfort of their rooms! Filled with music, dancing, character appearances and fun interactive elements, the in-room celebration will kick-off at 11:55 p.m. Each guest suite will include complimentary 2021-branded hats, beads, crowns, glow sticks, and other party favors to help families get into the New Year spirit.

Character appearances and to-go craft kits will also be available at the resort.

For those staying closer to home this holiday season, Great Wolf Lodge has ideas so you can play games, participate in activities and try recipes for your own Glow in the Dark party at home!

STONE MOUNTAIN PARK EARLY CELEBRATION

Stone Mountain Park | 1000 Robert E Lee Blvd | Stone Mountain | 770.498.5690

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Because kids are just as excited to ring in the New Year as their parents, but need to be in bed before midnight, Stone Mountain Park is set to host an early New Year’s Eve Celebration.

During Stone Mountain Christmas holiday celebrations on Dec. 31., Stone Mountain Park will operate the Christmas event as usual (2 – 9 p.m.) and then they’ll ring in the early New Year with a magical snowfall and early 2022 countdown. When the clock strikes 9 p.m., enjoy snow and fireworks displays to usher in the early New Year!

Kids’ Early New Year’s Eve is available during Stone Mountain Christmas and is included with a daily Christmas Attractions Pass or annual Mountain Membership.

NEW YEAR’S EVE BUBBLE BASH AT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

Children’s Museum of Atlanta | 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW | Atlanta | 404.527.3693

Join the Children’s Museum of Atlanta for a special kid-friendly New Year’s countdown!

You’ll laugh, dance, play party games, and more. Enjoy music from their DJ, make your own noisemakers and party hats, DIY some bubble solution, and ring in the new year with their yearly bubble-wrap-popping tradition!

As with all of their sessions, Bubble Bash will be limited-capacity play sessions, allowing for social-distancing and cleaning between each session. They require masks to be worn on all guests 2 and above.

Three-hour sessions are available at 9:30 and 1:30.

NOON YEAR’S EVE AT AVALON

Hotel at Avalon | 400 Avalon Blvd | Alpharetta

Have little ones with early bedtimes? Kick-off your New Year’s celebration early and come out to the Noon Year’s Eve Party at The Hotel at Avalon!

This family-friendly event invites partygoers of all ages to ring in 2022 with live music from DJ Willy Wow, face painting, crafts, and a countdown to Noon when a giant balloon drop will welcome in the new year! Tickets go on sale on November 29th at 10AM! 

The event will include face painting, New Year’s activities, complimentary snacks from cotton candy and popcorn booths and a donut wall, and photo opportunities in their Noon Year’s Eve photo booth and balloon wall. A kids-only bubbly bar will offer sparking juices to splash and garnish! Mimosas & additional adult beverages along with a food pop-up from Chick-fil-A will also be available for purchase.

NOON YEAR’S EVE ON THE ROOF

The Roof at Ponce City Market | 675 Ponce de Leon Ave | Atlanta

Save the date for The Roof’s annual Noon Year’s Eve celebration!

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 31, Skyline Park will host a family-friendly celebration for parents and children of all ages to ring in 2022 as guests count down to noon. Tickets are $15 for all ages (3 years and under are free) and can be pre-purchased online here or at the door.

ZIP LINING AT HISTORIC BANNING MILLS

Historic Banning Mills | 205 Horseshoe Dam Road | Whitesburg | 770.834.9149

Zip into the new year with some fun in the trees on the zipline courses at Historic Banning Mills.

Holding two Guinness Book of World Records for the Tallest Freestanding Climbing Wall, and for the Longest Continuous Zip-Wire (line) course, Banning Mills is the perfect location to spend an exhilarating weekend away testing limits and overcoming fears.

The Quick Trekker Belay system, which is the new and improved safety equipment used at Historic Banning Mills, creates an extremely safe experience. This system allows the hooks to slide around the cable so guests never have to worry about unhooking and can maximize time on the course.

BLUE RIDGE SCENIC RAILWAY

241 Depot Street |  Blue Ridge

All aboard for 2022!  Spend the last day of 2021 aboard the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway with the whole family!

Bundle up and sip on a cup of hot chocolate as the train calmly rolls along the Toccoa River and through the scenic Appalachian foothills.  The kids will just love it!

NEW YEAR’S EVE AT THE BATTERY

The Battery ATL | 800 Battery Ave SE #130 |  Atlanta

Note: Formal details have not yet been released for 2021. The following is from 2020.

Say goodbye to 2021 and hello to a brighter 2022 at the annual New Year’s Eve Bash at The Battery Atlanta.

Perfect for older kids, the community is invited to pop the bubbly at multiple safety-focused celebratory events happening throughout the Southeast’s premier entertainment destination. Select restaurant and bars – including CRÚ Food & Wine BarLive! at the Battery AtlantaPark BenchPunch Bowl Social and El Super Pan, as well as luxury Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta – are hosting limited capacity, advanced reservation events.

The 12South Band and DJ Jammin’ John will keep the mood festive in the Plaza starting at 9 p.m., culminating with one of the best fireworks shows over Truist Park at midnight. Parking is free in the public decks (Red, Purple and Green) starting at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31 until 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 1.

NEW YEAR’S EVE FUN FACTS:

  • 360+ Million – Number of glasses of sparkling wine consumed on New Year’s Eve.
  • 11,875 Pounds – Weight of the Times Square Ball, which is covered with 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles.
  • 1,000,000,000 — The number of people who will watch the ball drop from their screens at home across the globe.
  • 20 Percent – Share of all charitable donations made in the final 48 hours of the year.
  • $10,000 – Average cost of a DUI.

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